This should not surprise any of us.


Normally I try and write something uplifting or educational each week but this week I want to make you aware of perhaps the most important issue facing the pharmacy profession.  Please take the time to read these two just published articles as they may be the most important ones you will ever read. What ever side of the pharmacist “over supply” argument you align with according to the author of the first article “it’s too late,” and “The horse is out of the barn.” The second authors say the “elephant in the room” is the weak US economy. Read both, let me know what you think.

A Looming Joblessness Crisis for New Pharmacy Graduates and the Implications It Holds for the Academy
Daniel L. Brown
Am J Pharm Educ. 2013 June 12;

Finding a Path Through Times of Change
Katherine Knapp, Jon C. Schommer
Am J Pharm Educ. 2013 June 12;

Let the debate begin!

Kevin Mero
cell: 210 872-6160

This is a email that I got.. I get email regularly from this person/company.. and typically he is a “half-full glass” person.. after all .. his job is getting RPH’s jobs… but apparently he is  now looking thru the same “glass” that the rest of us have been for some time now…  Unfortunately, the estimates is that the annual surplus is suppose to grow until 2017-2018…

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  1. The first article goes into a lot of ‘technical’ reasons why there is an over abundance of pharmacists. The short answer: too many pharmacy schools and too many folks applying to pharmacy school. There were a number of us pharmacists that were predicting this over abundance of pharmacists a decade ago.
    The second article talks about different pharmacy models than the typical retail setting. This may sound good in theory. But, I am yet to see any big expansion of these ‘other’ models.

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